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BETHANY WINS TWO MORE, CAPTURES FIRST AT MARIETTA TOURNAMENT
Sept. 4 - MARIETTA, Ohio – The Bethany College volleyball team claimed first place in the Marietta Tournament this weekend by winning two matches Saturday to sweep their four contests at the tournament, defeating both Denison (25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11) and Kenyon (25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 25-16) in four sets.
Both the Bison and Marietta finished the weekend with 4-0 records, but BC was awarded first place because they dropped just two sets over the two days, while Marietta lost four sets. Following the action, sophomore setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and junior libero Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) were named to the All-Tournament team.
After sweeping past both opponents Friday night, the Bison were tested against Denison when they split the first two sets with the Big Red. However, Bethany pulled away for the final two sets by comfortable margins to pick up the win. Zavatchen (36 assists) and Hoffman (12 digs) had strong outings, while the effort up front were paced by sophomore Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) with 11 kills, sophomore Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) with nine kills and junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) with six blocks.
Bethany found itself in the same position in their final match of the weekend, as they split the first two sets with Kenyon. But just as they did against Denison, the Bison earned the win by taking the final two, holding on for a 25-23 decision in the third and wrapping up the 3-1 win and the tournament crown with a 25-16 victory in the fourth.
Zavatchen clinched her All-Tournament team spot with a weekend-high 45 assists. Bethany was using a balanced attack up front through the first three matches, but rode the hot-hitting of junior Jessica Cole (Connellsville, Pa.) to beat Kenyon, as the junior pounded down 19 kills. Cassidy enjoyed another big effort at the net as well with nine kills, while Talkington was a force up front defensively with seven more blocks. Hoffman again led in digs with 13 and junior Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) served a trio of aces.
In addition to winning the tournament, the Bison are off to a 4-0 start for only the second time in school history, matching the 2003 team for the best opening to a year. Bethany will try to make it 5-0, which no BC squad has done in the program’s history, Wednesday night when they host Franciscan in their home opener at Hummel Field House at 7 p.m.